The Dialectical Necessity of Morality
An Analysis and Defense of Alan Gewirth's Argument to the Principle of Generic Consistency
Beyleveld then classifies all the criticisms that Gewirth's argument has received and measures them against his reconstruction of the argument. The overall result is an immensely rich picture of the argument, in which all of its complex issues and key moves are clearly displayed and its validity can finally be discerned.
The comprehensiveness of Beyleveld's treatment provides ready access to the entire debate surrounding the foundational argument of Reason and Morality. It will be required reading for all who are interested in Gewirth's theory and deontological ethics and will be of central importance to moral and legal theorists.
Headings and Objections
List of Abbreviations
Part 1: The Argument
2. The Argument Presented
3. Two Summary Formulations
Part 2: Objections to the Argument
4. Objections to Stage I
5. Objections to Stage II: Fact and Value
6. Objections to Stage II: The Social Context of Rights-Claims
7. Objections to Stage II: Must Agents Prescribe to Others?
8. Objections to Stage III
9. Miscellaneous Objections
10. Objections to Positive Rights